Monthly Archives: March 2012

Exclusive: We Shot A Zoo Clip!

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With the North American release of We Bought A Zoo on Blu-ray and DVD just around the corner (April 3rd), we thought you’d like an exclusive sneak peak at We Shot A Zoo, a documentary on the making of the film. This clip explores the casting and rehearsal process. The full length version of the documentary is available on the Blu-ray Combo pack and a shorter version of the doc (It’s A Zoo!) is included on the DVD release.

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Mar 29, 2012

Billy Wilder’s Tips for Writers

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It was 10 years yesterday that the world lost Billy Wilder. We will be sharing some of his wisdom from Cameron’s book, Conversations With Wilder from time to time. Let’s start with his Tips for Writers.

  1. The audience is fickle.
  2. Grab ‘em by the throat and never let ‘em go.
  3. Develop a clean line of action for your leading character.
  4. Know where you’re going.
  5. The more subtle and elegant you are in hiding your plot points, the better you are as a writer.
  6. If you have a problem with the third act, the real problem is in the first act.
  7. A tip from Lubitsch: Let the audience add up two plus two. They’ll love you forever.
  8. In doing voice-overs, be careful not to describe what the audience already sees. Add to what they’re seeing.
  9. The event that occurs at the second act curtain triggers the end of the movie.
  10. The third act must build, build, build in tempo and action until the last event, and then -
  11. - that’s it. Don’t hang around.
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Mar 28, 2012

Fast Times: March 28th – Million Dollar Theater – UCLA

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Fast Times At Ridgemont High is showing at UCLA’s Million Dollar Theater this Wednesday, March 28th as part of their Classic Film Series. Tickets are available over at their site. Just remember: No shirt, no shoes, no dice…

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Mar 26, 2012

A Playlist Shortlist

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Cameron shares some of his favorite songs from his own films for the March issue of Shortlist magazine. Without further adieu…

Film: Fast Times At Ridgemont High

Track: “We Got The Beat” by The Go-Go’s

“It says many things about life, love, hormones and the power of a mighty groove.”

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Film: Say Anything…

Track: “Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns” by Mother Love Bone

“I also used it again in Singles. It’s like a recurring character.”

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Film: Singles

Track: “Drown” by Smashing Pumpkins

“Corgan’s reaction was, ‘Sh*t! That’s the one I wanted to keep for myself.’”

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Film: Jerry Maguire

Track: “The Horses” by Rickie Lee Jones

“This gets me feeling the emotion on Renée’s face.”

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Film: Vanilla Sky

Track: “Freur” by Doot Doot

“This had lived in so many of my mixes, it deserved to reach the big screen.”

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Film: Vanilla Sky

Track: “Nothing Song (aka njósnavélin) by Sigur Rós

“Found on a bootleg.”

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Film: Almost Famous

Track: “Cabin In The Air” by Nancy Wilson

“Never on an album, but I’m always asked for an MP3.”

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Film: Elizabethtown

Track: “Come Pick Me Up” by Ryan Adams

“One of the best songs from the past 30 years.”

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Film: We Bought A Zoo

Track: “Go Do” (Remix) by jónsi

“jónsi is the Brian Wilson of his era, and this is proof.”

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Film: Vanilla Sky

Track: “Rez” by Underworld

“Every mix needs a song that says ‘keep driving’.”

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Mar 25, 2012

Zoo Arrives in the UK

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Benjamin Mee and Matt Damon

It’s a special day as We Bought A Zoo is released in the UK (along with Italy and Poland). It’s the culmination of the real Benjamin Mee’s journey to buy the Dartmoor Zoo, write a book and see it come full circle with the film. We will have an exclusive interview with Ben in the coming days, but please let us know what you think of the film.

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Mar 16, 2012

New Beverly Double Feature

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Say Anything… and Almost Famous will be the double feature at the legendary New Beverly Cinema on March 18th and 19th in Los Angeles. If you are able to attend, please let us know how it went!

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Mar 15, 2012

One on One with Matt Damon

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Sky Movies HD released this video interview where Matt and Cameron interview each other. Topics includes Matt’s seeing Say Anything… in college, Good Will Hunting and We Bought A Zoo.

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Mar 14, 2012

Zoo – More Behind the Scenes Pictures

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As you might recall, I was lucky enough to visit the We Bought A Zoo set in early April, 2011. I shared some pictures and early thoughts back then, but thought you would enjoy a few more now (especially if you have seen the film). You’ll find pics of the set design, props (and even my wife, Sue, with Krystal, the capuchin monkey)! I’m an amateur photographer, so please be kind….

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mar 12, 2012

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